A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Laryngitis
I had a question the other day about laryngitis.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of your voice box, or larynx, making your voice raspy or hoarse.
Laryngitis can be short term or long lasting.
Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks.
Chronic symptoms are those lasting 2 weeks or longer.
Laryngitis can be caused by:
>Colds or flu (the most common cause).
>Overuse of your voice, like when you cheer a lot at a sports event.
>Irritation, like from allergies or smoke.
Acid reflux is the most common cause of chronic laryngitis.
But chronic laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems like nerve damage, sores, polyps, or hard and thick lumps (nodules) on your vocal cords.
The vocal cords are the vibrating elastic bands inside your larynx producing your voice.
Some hoarseness may occur naturally with age as your vocal cords loosen and grow thinner.
The main symptom of laryngitis is hoarseness.
Your voice may sound raspy, be deeper than normal, or break now and then.
You may lose your voice completely.
Other symptoms may include a dry or sore throat, coughing, and trouble swallowing.
With most cases of laryngitis, home treatment is all you need.
To deal with laryngitis, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of water, with Performance, to remain hydrated and flush toxins.
*Rest your voice. You don’t have to stop speaking entirely, but use your voice as little as possible. Speak softly, but don’t whisper because whispering can actually irritate your larynx more than speaking softly. Avoid talking on the phone or trying to speak loudly.
*Try not to clear your throat. This can cause further injury and inflammation to your larynx.
*Add moisture to the air in your home with a humidifier or vaporizer. Humidity helps to thin the mucus in your nasal membranes causing stuffiness or postnasal drip.
*Don’t smoke and stay away from other people’s smoke. Cigarette smoke irritates your throat and larynx and makes existing inflammation worse.
*Bee pollen, blackberry, calendula, and cayenne all have been known to soothe or heal a sore throat.
*Fenugreek used as a gargle can relieve a sore throat and reduce the pain of swollen glands. Add 20 drops of extract to 1 cup water and gargle with the mixture 3 times daily.
*Marshmallow root tea soothes a scratchy, itchy throat.
*Raspberry leaf tea is good for easing the pain of a sore throat as well as fever blisters.
*Be sure to cook all your food until it is tender. Poaching and steaming are good methods of cooking to retain moisture.
*Cut your food into very small pieces – or, if necessary, grind or puree it. This will cause less irritation to the throat. Be sure to chew your food well before swallowing.
*Use frozen popsicles, ice cream, yogurt, and sherbet to soothe a sore throat.
*Avoid eating foods that are spicy, hot, salty, or acidic.
*Eliminate all refined sugar products (it “turns off” your immune system).
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